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Trump repeatedly promotes far-right pundit who’s so racist she was fired by Rupert Murdoch

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In a scathing column for the conservative Bulwark, author Molly Jong-Fast cast a jaundiced eye on British media personality Katie Hopkins, who has become a regular retweet feature on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed despite — or maybe because — of her unabashed racist opinions.

As Jong-Fast, bluntly wrote: “Katie Hopkins is real f*cking racist.”

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But first, Jong-Fast began with a cautionary note.

“Let’s get something straight right at the top: People do use the term ‘racism’ a little too easily these days. But Katie Hopkins isn’t a little racist. She isn’t even mildly racist. She is real f*cking racist. Katie Hopkins is so racist that she got fired by a Murdoch tabloid,” she explained.

In recent weeks, Trump has retweeted the following from Hopkins.

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“Do you know how hard it is to be fired by a Murdoch tabloid for saying something racist? It’s like shooting the moon with double-decks or getting a 1,600 on your SATs—it’s possible. People do it. But when it happens it’s an event. People stand up and take notice,” she wrote. “So when Katie Hopkins managed to get fired from the Daily Mail for calling African migrants ‘cockroaches’ it was kind of thing. Though maybe . . . if we’re being totally honest here . . . not a surprise?”

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“Katie Hopkins is also—probably by total coincidence—one of Donald Trump’s favorite people to retweet. Right before the El Paso shooting and then later while at his private golf club, Trump retweeted Hopkins,” she continued. “One would have thought Trump might be more self-conscious about retweeting Hopkins after the El Paso massacre, since it was committed by a white nationalist whose manifesto leaned on many of both Trump and Hopkins’s favorite racist tropes. But Hopkins herself was not surprised that the president retweets her. Or, as she told Maggie Haberman in an interview, ‘I think it’s not a surprise that Trump would retweet my tweets.'”

With that, the author gets into why Trump has recently become so attracted to Hopkins that she has become a regular feature on his Twitter feed.

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“Why would the president retweet the Eva Braun of The (British) Apprentice when he is (supposedly) not a white nationalist? she asked before answering, “Last week the Washington Post ran a piece about how the FBI may be reluctant to pursue white nationalists because there’s a concern that these very fine people make up part of the president’s constituency. And since this president has a long history of going to war against the FBI, maybe this isn’t a smart fight to pick.”

“At this point it’s now a truism that Donald Trump expresses his real feelings about the world on his Twitter feed. That Twitter Trump is not the same as Teleprompter Trump,” she explained. “But Twitter Trump is the Real Trump. And the Real Trump is still retweeting Katie Hopkins. Why does he do it? Either because his base likes it. Or he likes it. Or both.”

You can read the whole piece here.

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Rep Ocasio-Cortez blasts complexity of health care marketplace: ‘No one should go through this’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted the complexity of the health care marketplace on the day of the deadline to sign up for 2020 coverage.

Health care has been a major topic in the 2020 Democratic primary, with some moderate candidates defending the Affordable Care Act passed under President Barack Obama, while progressive candidates push for Medicare for All.

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"This is absurd. No person should go without healthcare, and no one should go through this, either," she argued.

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Do you focus on shaming them for the damage they’re doing? Do you try to expose their lies and hypocrisies? Do you remind them of our common values? Do you try to prevail with your values? Do you try to prove that they’re factually incorrect? Do you curse them for being bad people?

Any of these moves could be useful for swaying onlookers to resist the cult, but that’s a different matter. The question here is how to cut them, making the cult and its leaders show blood.

Not once in Trump’s entire political run has he shown blood, been left speechless, stunned, or stalled. Remember Dan Quale’s face when Lloyd Benson told Dan Quayle, “You’re no John Kennedy”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYAZkczhdMs)  or Reagan’s “there you go again”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN7gDRjTNf4) Or Chris Christys cut  Rubio over his “25 second sound bite”? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkdpzRDxTXU) Or the classic, Joseph McCarthy cut by Joseph Welch’s “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8llS0ZkLVGA)

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